2020 WSOP Online – Natural8: Thi Truong “HoneyandTHI” crushes the $1,500 PLO final table for maiden victory; KangStar89 banks second Bounty Hunter High Roller side event

American player Thi Truong “HoneyandTHI” crushed the WSOP #74: $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha final table, railing five players to capture her first career win and the signature WSOP bracelet. Truong was the second female to win at the 2020 World Series of Poker Online [ international ] with Canadian pro Kristen Bicknell before her. Truong earned a career high score $ 215,938.24 and a $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package. At the side events, Chinese player Kangstar89 banked his second $840 Bounty Hunter High Roller win this week. Recaps provided below.

Next chance for a gold is at the WSOP #75: $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ] which takes place on Saturday, August 29 @ 20:00 HKT. This is the last ASIA TIME ZONE event to accrue points towards the WSOP Asia Player of the Series race. Up for grabs is the one-of-a-kind WSOP Pure Gold Dragon trophy. Currently ahead is Brazil’s Luis Eduardo Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha” with 3,568.84 points, trailed closely by USA’s Nicholas Maimone “rdcrsn” with 3,227.21 points. It is still anyone’s race though with a steal from behind very possible.

Entry flights continue to run for the brand’s esteemed WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $ 25M GTD ]. 18 of 23 flights have completed. 551 players are through to the final day led by Australian pro Kahle Burns with a towering 277.5 BB stack.

The 2020 WSOP Online [ international ] has been running since July 19th on Natural8 – GG Network. 42 bracelets have been claimed and a cumulative $ 83.4 million paid out. Only 12 bracelets remain. The series runs until September 6th. For first timers, make sure to sign up on Natural8 to avail of their fantastic promos and incentives. Read about it at the bottom of the page.

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WSOP #74: $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha – Thi Truong “HoneyandTHI” – $ 215,938.24

Thi Truong. Credit: PocketFives

The WSOP #74: $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha attracted 972 to build a $ 1,385,100 prize pool. Amid a table loaded with bracelet winners and pros, Thi Truong powered through, eliminating five players to take the crown. For her incredible performance, she claimed the largest cut worth $ 215,938.24 and the coveted gold bracelet. This was Truong’s first ever career win and largest score.

WSOP #74 – $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha

Buy in: $ 1,000
Entries: 972
Prize pool: $ 1,385,100
ITM: 134 places
Running time: 11 hours and 28 minutes

Truong’s win seemed destined with 13 deep runs this series prior to her triumph. She entered the final table as chip leader having doubled up twice during the final 12 players. Joining her were three bracelet winners namely Kyle Bowker “johnmarbles”, Frank Crivello “Sbma2016”, and Enrico Camosci “GTOExploiter”. For the latter two, they both earned their gold this series and were impressively back at the final table. Several high profile pros filled other seats, Lithuania’s Laurynas Levinskas, Brazil’s Joao Simao “naturalMENTE” who was on his second final table visit this series, and American superstar Sean Winter with over $ 31.1 million in live tournament earnings.

WSOP #74 – $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha final table

It took under two hours for the champion Truong to emerge. Along the way, she railed Johannes Toebbe “Yohan86”, denied Crivello (8th) a second gold, amassed ⅔ of the chips in play after eliminating Simao (4th), then emptied out Dante Fernandes (3rd) to face Camosci for the title ahead 2:1 in chips. For Camosci, it was a chance to match up to Canada’s Alek Stasiak with two bracelets this series. However, it was not to be. Five minutes in, it was denied.

Truong pushed 4cAd8sAc on a turn board 2h4c10d8c, Camosci called for his tournament life with 6d9h3s5c, the river 2c sealed the win for Truong while Camosci settled for a second place payout $ 165,414.32.

Final table payouts

1st Thi Truong “HoneyandTHI” – USA – $ 215,938.24 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd Enrico Camosci “GTOExploiter” – Italy – $ 165,414.32
3rd Dante Fernandes – Brazil – $ 120,041.07
4th Joao Simao “naturalMENTE” – Brazil – $ 87,113.78
5th Laurynas Levinskas – Lithuania – $ 63,218.45
6th Joao Simao “naturalMENTE” – Brazil – $ 45,877.55
7th Frank Crivello “Sbma2016” – USA – $ 33,293.51
8th Sean Winter – USA – $ 24,160.99
9th Johannes Toebbe “Yohan86” – Germany – $ 17,533.70

Top 50 notable players in the money: Antti Nieminen “Botripper” (10th), Jesus Cortes (11th), Rui Ferreira (12th), Felipe Ramos (16th), Craig Timmis (23rd), Martin Zamani (25th), Anson Yan Shing Tsang “Tara@0z” (26th), Alex Foxen (27th), Ben Lamb (46th), and Chris Brewer (48th).

Tomorrow: WSOP #75: $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ]

This is the last ASIA TIME ZONE event to accrue points towards the WSOP Asia Player of the Series race.

Buy in: $ 300
Date: Saturday, August 29 @ 20:00 HKT
Late registration: 210 minutes
Re-entries: 2 times

Open: WSOP #77: $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ]

Year after year, players flock to Las Vegas with dreams of winning a bracelet, however no gold is more desired than that of the WSOP Main Event. This year’s edition guarantees a staggering $ 25 Million, the largest ever in online poker.

The hunt for the 51st WSOP Main Event champion is well underway with 18 starting flights completed. Only 5 remain. 551 players are through to the final day with Australian pro Kahle Burns setting the bar high with a massive 277.5 BB stacked. Jonathan Dokler “Serenity” is ranked second with 204.4 BB. Among the newest final day qualifiers were: David Peters, Dario Sammartino, Isaac Haxton, Anant Purohit “MisterPro”, Chi Chung Ho “chipuker”, and Natural8 Team NLG pro Ana Marquez.

Buy in: $ 5,000
Guarantee: $ 25,000,000
Entry Dates: August 16 to August 30
Cumulative Entries: 3,022
Final Day qualifiers: 551
Entry flights: 5 remaining
Day 2: August 30 @ 18:30 UTC [ play down to final 40 players ]
Final Day: September 7 @ 18:30 UTC

Top 15 in chips

WSOP #77 – $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [ $25M GTD ] top15 in chips

Also through via the previous flights were: Natural8 Team Hot Ambassadors Danny Tang, Pete Chen, and Niklas Ehrenholz “NikkyMouse”, Natural8 Team NLG pros Fedor Holz, Manig Loeser, and Stefan Schillhabel “Schilli33”, Asian bracelet winners Ji Young Kim, Wei Guo Liang “SPARK1207”, and Sung Joo Hyun “ArtePokerTV”, other notable players Erik Seidel, Matthias Eibinger, Adrian Mateos, Sammy Farha, Samad Razavi “JejuKingCrab”, Sam Greenwood, Calvin Lee, and David Tai.

Paused: WSOP #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP

Last Sunday, the WSOP #70: $ 25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP high roller bracelet event went from 407 entries down to the final 9. The race resumes on August 29 @ 18:00 UTC / August 30 @ 02:00 HKT. A six digit payout awaits the top two places and an additional $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package to the champion.

Leading in the pack is American pro Jason Koon whose extensive list of career achievements still lacks a WSOP victory. Throughout his career, Koon has cashed 43 times at the series, reaching the final table 10 times. The high roller crusher brings in a portfolio of $ 31.1 million in live tournament earnings with a largest score of $ 3,579,836 for his victory at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Montenegro HK$ 1M No Limit Hold’em Short Deck.

Koon will have his hands full coming final day with fellow countryman Aram Zobian “Pusha T” looking to add a bracelet to match the ring he won at the 2019/2020 WSOP Circuit $ 215 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack on WSOP.com. Another famed American player is online superstar Chris Hunichen with well over $ 12.5 million in online earnings and over $ 8.1 million in the live scene. Then there is the short stacked Paulius Plausinaitis “ChickenBBQ” who has everything to gain. Plausinaitis is the only player who secured a seat via the discounted $1K Ultra Satellite Qualifier.

Buy in: $ 25,000
Guarantee: $ 10,000,000
Entries: 407
Prize pool: $ 10,000,000
ITM: 55 places
Final table: August 29 @ 18:00 UTC / August 30 @ 02:00 HKT
*Live broadcast on GGPoker.TV.

WSOP #70 – $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP final table

Final table players by chip count

Jason Koon – USA – 7,863,055 – 49.1 BB
Shankar Pillai “Saquon” – USA – 6,875,234 – 43 BB
Christian Rudolph – Germany – 5,544,188 – 34.7 BB
Aram Zobian “Pusha T” – USA – 4,405,440 – 27.5 BB
Chris Hunichen – USA- 4,175,274 – 26.1 BB
Aleksejs Ponakovs – Latvia – 3,883,951 – 24.3 BB
Aliaksei Boika “BladeRunner1” – Montenegro – 3,297,276 – 20.6 BB
Paulius Plausinaitis “ChickenBBQ” – Lithuania – 2,905,555 – 18.2 BB
Brunno Botteon – Brazil – 1,750,027 – 10.9 BB

Remaining payouts

1st $ 1,800,290 + $ 15,000 WSOP Europe Package
2nd $ 1,332,097
3rd $ 979,138
4th $ 719,700
5th $ 529,005
6th $ 388,837
7th $ 285,808
8th $ 210,079
9th $ 154,416

Among the players in the money were: Jack Salter (10th), Scott Seiver (15th), Stephen Chidwick (19th), Jacob Schindler (20th), Hun Wei Lee (30th), David Peters (32nd), Elio Fox (41st), Kartik Ved “Mandovi” (44th), Christopher Brewer (46th), Andras Nemeth (49th), Thai Ha (51st), and James Chen (52nd).

WSOP SIDE EVENTS

WSOP Side Event: $840 Bounty Hunter High Roller – KangStar89 – $ 33,860.50

Another victory for China’s KangStar89 at the $ 840 Bounty Hunter High Roller side event. Two nights prior, KangStar89 defeated Vlad Martynenko “CheckeToFold” to ship the event of its kind for $ 24,572.21. Last night, he shipped it again, denying two Vietnamese players – endlesslove and XeKooVn – to claim $ 13,601.50 plus a substantial $ 20,250 in bounties for a combined $ 33,860.50 in winnings.

WSOP Side Event – $840 Bounty Hunter High Roller

Buy in: $ 840
Date: August 27
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 169
Prize pool: $ 135,200
ITM: 23 places
Winner: KangStar89 – China – $ 13,610.50 + $ 20,250 bounties = $ 33,860.50
2nd endlesslove – Vietnam – $ 14,748.15
3rd XeKooVn – Vietnam – $ 9,605.90

WSOP Side Event: $1,500 Deepstack – Phillip Mighall “tazmania888” – $ 64,874.64

Grueling heads up battle between Phillip Mighall “tazmania888” and “naripez” at the $ 1,500 Deepstack. Mighall entered with a 6:1 chip lead but after paying out two double ups with KcQh dominated by Ah4d and 8h8d outdrawn by Ah10d two pair, it evened up. A deal was immediately struck. The battle resumed for the added Main Event Final Day seat. “tazmania888” went on to claim it.

WSOP Side Event – $1,500 Deepstack

Buy in: $ 1,500
Date: August 27
Guarantee: $ 300,000
Entries: 273
Prize pool: $ 389,025
ITM: 39 places
Winner: Phillip Mighall “tazmania888” – UK – $ 64,874.64 (heads up deal)
2nd naripez – Mexico – $ 64,487.03 (heads up deal)

WSOP Side Event: $800 PLO Encore – giannnn – $ 36,692.11

For Canada’s “giannnn”, it took four bullets to get there and claim the $ 36,692.11 first prize. “giannnn” overcame a big deficit at three handed, railed regdebaraio (3rd) to enter heads up in front of Brian England “cuntpuntin33”. His momentum carried, taking pot after pot to drain out England’s entire stack. This was giannnn’s first side event win this series.

Buy in: $ 800
Date: August 27
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 251
Prize pool: $ 190,760
ITM: 35 places
Winner: giannnn – Canada – $ 36,692.11
2nd Brian England “cuntpuntin33” – USA – $ 27,348.70

WSOP Side Event: $250 Super Turbo Six Handed – Philipp Gruissem – $ 17,990.56

After a swingy heads up battle at the $ 250 Super Turbo Six Handed between two Germans, Markus Prinz “_PrinzOfDTO_” and Philipp Gruissem, it was the latter who prevailed to capture his first side event this series. Gruissem earned a cool $ 17,990.56, which was just enough to help carry him into the black.

WSOP Side Event – $250 Super Turbo Six Handed

Buy in: $ 250
Date: August 27
Guarantee: $ 75,000
Entries: 436
Prize pool: $ 100,280
ITM: 62 places
Winner: Philipp Gruissem – Germany – $ 17,990.56
2nd Markus Prinz “_PrinzOfDTO_” – Germany – $ 13,186.82

WSOP Side Event: $400 Six Handed – hovla – $ 24,563.58

Buy in: $ 400
Date: August 27
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 357
Prize pool: $ 134,232
ITM: 53 places
Winner: hovla – Croatia – $ 24,563.58
2nd Julien Perouse “GiuseppeL” – Canada – $ 18,036.68
3rd Ioannis Angelou-Konstas “BluffMeNot” – Greece – $ 13,244.20
4th Ivan Osipov “Bezahlt” – Russia – $ 9,725.13

WSOP Side Event: $200 Second Chance

Buy in: $ 200
Date: August 27
Guarantee: $ 100,000
Entries: 659
Prize pool: $ 121,256
ITM: 98 places
Winner: Alexandre Raymond “raking-even” – Canada – $ 16,782.94 (three-way deal)
2nd Soulhunt3r – Uzbekistan – $ 15,214.68 (three-way deal)
3rd Chris Klodnicki – USA – $ 14,876.60 (three-way deal)

WSOP Side Event: $84 Bounty Hunter

Buy in: $ 84
Date: August 27
Guarantee: $ 35,000
Entries: 543
Prize pool: $ 43,440
ITM: 80 places
Winner: HelloGG1 – Tunisia – $ 10,104.93

Update: WSOP Leaderboard

The race for the WSOP Player of the Series title and the Asia Player of the Series title are well underway. In store for the ultimate Player of the Series winners, overall leaderboard champion wins the WSOP Pure Gold Mouse, the Asia Player of the Series claims the WSOP Pure Gold Dragon, and the exclusive Pure Gold Card will be awarded to overall leaderboard finishers 2nd to 5th. Current standings after 40 completed bracelet events.

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard – Top 10

Canadian pro Daniel Dvoress continues to lead the overall race. Dvoress cashed in four events which included a victory at the WSOP #71: $ 1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER. Second ranked Alek Stasiak is not too far behind. Stasiak cashed in three events of which two were victories. He is the only player with two WSOP titles this series.

WSOP Player of the Series leaderboard current standing

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ] – Top 10

At the Asia POS, WSOP #55: HK$ 8,000 NLH Asia Championship winner Luis Eduardo Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha” maintains pole position. Only one Asia Time Zone event remains to accrue points towards this race – WSOP #75: $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em [ Asia ] runs on August 29 at 8pm HKT.

WSOP 2020 Online Leaderboard [ Asia Time Zone Events ]

UPCOMING KEY EVENTS

WSOP #79: $25,000 Heads Up NLHE [ 128 cap, no late reg ]

Buy in: $ 25,000

Entries: 128 cap
Late registration: N/A
Date: September 1 @ 18:00 UTC / September 2 @ 02:00 HKT

Semi Finals: September 5 @ 18:00 UTC / September 6 @ 02:00 HKT

WSOP #84: $100 WSOP MILLIONS [ $2M GTD ]

Buy in: $ 100
Guarantee: $ 2,000,000
Entry Dates: August 31 to September 6
Entry Flights: 26 offered
Final Day: September 5 @ 18:00 UTC / September 6 @ 02:00 HKT

WSOP #83: $10K WSOP Super MILLION$ [ $5M GTD ]

Buy in: $ 10,000
Date: September 6 @ 18:00 UTC / September 7 @ 02:00 HKT
Guarantee: $ 5,000,000
Notes: 2 day event

Other Games

For those looking to enter bracelet events for cheap, the WSOP Silk Road is your route. Daily tickets can be won until August 31. Alek Stasiak “astazz” earned his seat to WSOP #33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief via a $10 qualifier which bought him a seat in the $100 satellite to the above-mentioned bracelet event which he shipped for $ 343.2K. If you are interested in non- bracelet events, several WSOP side events are scheduled with buy ins from $125 to $800.

Natural8 Promos

For players signed up on Natural8, expect fantastic player incentives. WSOP Online champions Luis Assuncao Garla “Xapilskinha”, Daniel Dvoress, Hun Wei Lee, Teoh Ming Juen “Paul Teoh”, Shoma Ishikawa “pp_syon”, Marcelo Jakovjlevic Pudla “Marolo”, and Anson Yan Shing Tsang “Tara@0z” have already won a Team Bling Sponsorship package for their incredible achievement. Other promos are the First Deposit Bonus and WSOP Silk Road leaderboard race. 11 days left to avail of the promos!

WSOP Winner’s Circle Sponsorship Packages

Main Event = $100,000 Natural8 Sponsorship*

Win the WSOP Main Event and you’ll not only become a part of Team Bling, you’ll be the CAPTAIN of the team. This exclusive package includes:

12 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)
$25,000 for live event sponsorships
T$60,000 in online sponsorships, paid out over 12 months

Buy-ins of $1,000 and above = $15,000 Natural8 Sponsorship*

Win a WSOP Bracelet from any event with a buy-in of $1,000 and above, and you’ll get a Team Bling package that includes:

6 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)

Buy-ins from $50 to $999 = $7,500 Natural8 Sponsorship*

Win a WSOP Bracelet from any event with a buy-in of $999 and below, and you’ll get a Team Bling package that includes:

6 month Team Bling Sponsorship
$7,500 Las Vegas Package ($5,000 to cover your buy-ins and $2,500 for expenses)

WSOP First Deposit Bonus

First time depositors on Natural8 can expect a special bump in the load. For a minimum deposit of $20 are gifts worth up to $ 100 over six consecutive days. The initial $ 60 in WSOP tickets – WSOP Satellite and WSOP Spin & Gold, another $ 40 in WSOP tickets for those that complete all 6 AoF challenges of 100 AoF hands per day.

WSOP Silk Road

The WSOP Silk Road Micro Series has been ongoing since July 1st and will run until August 31st. This is for players looking to enter bracelet events for cheap. And seriously, who wouldn’t want to win a multi million event for as low as $ 1.08? Via this route, buy ins only go as high as $ 21.60. Top the Natural8 Silk Road Leaderboard to win an instant ticket to the WSOP #77: $5,000 Main Event [ $25M GTD ].

Plenty of action still to come so stick with us at Somuchpoker as we bring you daily updates on the ongoing 2020 WSOP Online on Natural8.

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